Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Barr Camp caretakers set to leave Pikes Peak

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The caretakers of Barr Camp are set to leave Pikes Peak by mid-month, turning over their keys - and their spaghetti ladles - to a new team. The announcement came in a Facebook post by Renee Labor, who said she and fiancé Anthony Duricy were moving up their last day from September to...

  • Tips: In Colorado, 'anxious' gardening spells doom for novices

    Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    t happens like clockwork - beautiful spring weather blows into Colorado Springs, and aspiring gardeners go on a shopping spree. Too often, the crops they acquire and lovingly plant are doomed for an early death, victims of the next day's frost or hailstorm or some other quirk in...

  • For those with disabilities, Colorado's outdoor treasures still can be enjoyed

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Beauty doesn't discriminate on the Glenwood Canyon Recreational Path. Ideal for those with disabilities, the 16.3-mile route offers a wide, paved trail and places to stop and rest as it meanders along the scenic Colorado River beneath towering canyon walls. It's one example of...

  • Equestrians urged to avoid wet trails at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The managers of Cheyenne Mountain State Park are urging equestrians to exercise "horse sense" before heading out on wet, muddy trails. The call for self-restraint comes on the heels of heavy trail damage since equestrians began using the park Jan. 1. Park managers have received...

  • Colorado bike mechanics brace for Trek recall

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    At Old Town Bike Shop in downtown Colorado Springs, mechanics have their work cut out for them. The locally owned shop on Tejon Street is one of two bicycle dealers in the city that sell mountain bikes made by Trek, which last week announced a massive recall applying to upwards of 1...

  • A place to call home: Woman, son live in Springs Habitat for Humanity house being constructed in honor of Pope

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    This time next year, Elizabeth Berryman will be living in the pope's house - just not the one with gold-plated ceilings. Berryman, 31, isn't moving into the Vatican. Instead, the single mother in Colorado Springs is on pace to be the proud owner of a Habitat for Humanity house to be...

  • Closures and reroutes are planned for Colorado Springs trail network

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The fight to save a threatened trout - and a popular trail network that winds through its habitat - returns to the public stage this spring. The U.S. Forest Service says it plans to release a draft decision by the end of May proposing a series of trail closures and reroutes through...

  • Movie on runner and tribe of 'superathletes' coming to town

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The tale of a Boulder ultrarunner who befriended a tribe of Mexican Indian "superathletes" is coming to the big screen in Colorado Springs. "Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco," which will be shown April 30 at Stargazers Theatre, depicts the reclusive Tarahumara tribe of...

  • Doctors: Working out can dispel 'Colorado Crud'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Looking to shake that Colorado crud? Stay active - but don't overdo it. It might sound counterintuitive, but if you're suffering from a cold, a good run or bike ride can be the tonic for what ails you. "Moderate exercise actually boosts the immune system, and for a mild cold it may...

  • New high-end bike technology taking shape at Colorado Springs bike shop

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Inside SRAM's secretive development center in Colorado Springs, test technician Rich Vogel revs up a bicycle wheel mounted behind safety glass and warns visitors to step back. "You don't want to get too close," he says, squeezing a lever until a steel disc bolted to the hub begins to...

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